Top Trails Sacramento  by Steven L. Evans

Top Trails Sacramento Guide Book

by Steven L. Evans (Wilderness Press)
Top Trails Sacramento  by Steven L. Evans
Sacramento, California’s bustling capital, is the gateway to a world of diverse trails. Go bird-watching in wetlands at Cosumnes River Preserve, explore a wild canyon in Cache Creek Wilderness, hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, or cycle the famed American River Parkway. In this essential guide, you’ll find the best trails in the Great Valley, Coast Range, Sierra Foothills, and the Sierra Nevada in a handy, informative format. Here at your fingertips are 43 of the region’s “must-do” trails, from 1 to 10 miles. Each hike includes: clear and concise directions to the trailhead; a detailed two-color route map; “don’t get lost” trail milestones; and expert trail commentary.

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Trails from the "Top Trails Sacramento" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 42.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 42.

This is one of the best all-around hikes in the Auburn State Recreation Area, which provides outdoor recreation for more than a million visitors annually. The well-graded route includes segments of th ...
Georgetown, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.74
When the cold days of winter have closed in and the holiday excesses have you feeling slothful, there is no better cure than climbing to the top of Blue Ridge to take in the outstanding views of the C ...
Guinda, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 5.56
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The Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary on the Feather River provides a unique opportunity to explore the Central Valley’s jungle-like riparian habitat. Maintained by the Sacramento Audubon Society, the 430–a ...
Nicolaus, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.3
Just a few years ago, this trail was located on the privately owned Payne Ranch, which blocked public access to much of the existing public land to the south and east encompassing the wild canyon of C ...
Lower Lake, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 9.9
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The proposed Caples Creek Wilderness is relatively small in comparison to the Mokelumne Wilderness to the south and the Desolation Wilderness to the north, but its glaciated topography, rugged river c ...
Kyburz, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8.6
This is an excellent walk for families with children. It packs a lot of scenery into a short, easy hike along the beautiful North Fork American River, with pretty Codfish Falls as the destination. The ...
Applegate, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
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This is the signature hike for residents of Davis and others who live in the Putah Creek watershed. People looking for an easy round-trip ramble with the family that is less than 2.0 miles long with o ...
Winters, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.9
The South Fork American River in the Sierra foothills south of Placerville is one of California’s most popular white-water rivers. The South Fork is where gold was discovered by Europeans in 1849, so ...
Pilot Hill, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.9 miles
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Public areas and trails in the nearby Sacramento– San Joaquin Delta are few and far between. The undeveloped Delta Meadows State Park and the adjacent historic Chinese town of Locke offer a great oppo ...
Walnut Grove, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.44
The Effie Yeaw Nature Center and its adjacent Natural Area have a network of short interpretive trails perfect for families to explore and learn about the American River ecosystem, the life of the Nis ...
Carmichael, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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Visiting Empire Mine State Park is almost like a stroll back through time. Many of the mine buildings and equipment remain, as well as the palatial grounds and extensive rose garden of the mine’s form ...
Grass Valley, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 4.47
Gibson Ranch provides a regional park experience for residents of the growing suburbs of northeastern Sacramento County and southeastern Placer County. The park was established to preserve a slice of ...
North Highlands, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 2.86
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This hike showcases two scenic lakes—Granite and Hidden—that offer good destinations for a day hike or an easy overnight backpack trip. Or make it a loop hike and add a third and larger lake—Silver—to ...
Kyburz, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7
The Grouse Lakes area is truly Sacramento’s “land-o-the-lakes.” This long but rewarding loop hike will bring you within view of more than fifteen lakes of all sizes, and to the shores of seven of the ...
Emigrant Gap, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 10.1
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Sacramentans desiring to view one of the most scenic waterfalls in the Sierra Nevada need only drive a short distance up Hwy 50 and hike 1.5 miles to visit spectacular Horsetail Falls. Easily one of t ...
Twin Bridges, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
The Great Valley has lost 99 percent of its native grasslands. What hasn’t been tilled for agriculture or paved for development has been overwhelmed by non-native grass species. Public opportunities t ...
Clay, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.83
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Everyone’s favorite swimming river in the summer, the South Yuba River also offers colorful springtime wildflowers and autumnal foliage as well. This trail passes by some ideal semi-developed campsite ...
Lake City, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.82
The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail is a popular 31mile paved bicycle and pedestrian route that begins at Beals Point in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and follows the American River Parkway east ...
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
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Lake Margaret is tucked away in a heavily forested glaciated valley pocked with ponds and small lakes and studded with granite rock formations. Although a short hike from Hwy 88, this subalpine jewel ...
Kyburz, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.7
Scenic Lake Natoma is the focus of this paved loop trail, and it offers a number of options for exploration by foot, bike, or even kayak. The end points of the loop have easy access to light rail publ ...
Fair Oaks, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 10.3
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